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Ken Phillips is co-founder and Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. He is a published authority on independent contractor issues and directs research on related commercial and trade practices issues. Through his numerous articles in newspapers and think-tank and academic journals, Ken is known for approaching issues from outside normal perspectives and is frequently sought out for media comment.

Why the new unfair contract laws are good news for soloists

Monday, August 08, 2016

Brendan is a persistent fella. He’s a highly skilled IT consultant. Don’t ask me what he actually does. He tried to explain to me once but it was way beyond me.

What I do know with Brendan is that he has a high sense of justice. He gets really angry when a client ‘screws’ him over.  More...

How Turnbull can realise his innovation dreams

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Dear Prime Minister,

It’s fantastic that that you’re excited about ‘being alive’ and that you’re encouraging Australian’s to get out and ‘do things’. Yep, it’s people power that makes our society and economy vibrant and strong. If anything, you’re asking us to be entrepreneurs!

But I want to put my piece of caution to you as you drive us down the innovation road. More...

A Queensland escape for the IR weary

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sometimes Federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten really works hard at trivialising important issues. Yesterday he referred to as "silly" the idea being floated in an Issues Paper by the Queensland government of bringing back from the Commonwealth industrial relations powers covering unincorporated small businesses.  More...

Commissioners help the small guys

Friday, July 20, 2012

The regulation of business-to-business contracts is undergoing changes that will, for some, challenge sacred-cow ideas about the law and economics.

At the high policy end, the federal Attorney-General's department is conducting a review of contract law.

However, if the AG's review results just in further tuning of complex legal issues and processes, it won't really have done much for the community. More...

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